Parco archeologico di Tindari
Antica città greca e romana

The Park

The archaeological park of TindariIt stands in the ancient city of the same name. Founded in 396 BC, it had a regular urban layout with wide parallel streets (decumani) intersected by narrower streets (cardines).

On the upper decumanus are the main public buildings. The Basilica and the Theatre. The Basilica was intended for official functions. Probably built in the Augustan age, it remained in use until the 5th century AD. The theatre, which had a capacity of 3000 spectators, was built between the end of the 4th and beginning of the 3rd century BC. The scenic building, with three orders, is, on the other hand, slightly later. In fact, in the Roman imperial age it was modified to be adapted to circus games. Insula IV, the only block explored in its entirety, is divided into four terraces. The lower one is occupied by six shops that open onto the central decumanus. On the following terraces extend two houses with peristyle and, finally, a public bath building (3rd century BC).

The building overlooks the upper decumanus, formed by a colonnaded courtyard, two small changing rooms (apodyteria) and rooms (frigidarium, tepidarium e calidarium) decorated with mosaic floors. A Domus and a large public building from the Roman period can be visited in Contrada Cercadenari.


The Antiquarium

TheAntiquarium of the archaeological park of Tindari is divided into five rooms and contains a selection of finds from the countless excavation campaigns carried out, dating from prehistoric to Roman times. The materials are also arranged according to topographical and chronological criteria. fine and everyday tablewareglass, bronze objects, inscriptions in Greek and Latin languages, architectural decorations in addition to numerous marble sculptures. These include two "winged victories" (nikai) from the 2nd century BC and head-portrait of Emperor Augustus from the area of the 'Basilica'.

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